Born in a Manger to Die On a Cross

Daily God Walk for Sunday, December 26, 2010

 From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachtani?” – which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”                                – Matthew 27:46

 He was born in a manger in a manger because there was no place for him in the world. Where he lived, no one knew. Once he was asked, “Can I go with you?” and he replied, “I have no where to go. Foxes have their holes, but I have no where to lay my head. Lord of the universe, Son of the Most High, yet on earth as a man he owned nothing and was held in a place of honor.

Angels rejoiced at his birth, then thirty three years later the heavens were darkened at his death. For three hours the earth darkened in morning as Jesus, the very Word of God, the one who John declared to be the creator of all things, hung on the cross dying.

The dying words of the man we know as Jesus, the Christ, was the desperate plea of one left to suffer alone, “Why have you forsaken me?” The man felt the excruciating pain of rejection by the people he had come to help and finally abandonment by the Spirit that had empowered his ministry.

Alone and experiencing agony the extent of which we can not even imagine, this man Jesus, known as the Christ, bore the pain and shame of the entire world as he gave himself for the sins of all mankind. Now the words of Isaiah are fulfilled:

“Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

He suffered the punishment for our sins that we might have peace with God. Thank you Jesus for giving yourself so that all those who believe in you would have eternal life.

 Principle: God required a price for sin – then he paid the cost.

Affirmation: My sins are forgiven by faith in Christ.

Prayer: Father, help me to never forget the cost of my salvation.   

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